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Early History of Naval Aviation

January 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Ormond Beach Historical Society is hosting this Florida Humanities grant-funded program. Learn how in January 1914, an old battleship and a sea-worn collier arrived at the abandoned Pensacola Navy Yard in western Florida. Embarked were the entire US Navy Flying Corps and their fragile flying boats, and their mission was to establish the first Naval Air Station and advance the development of Naval aviation. Dr. Murphy’s lecture will discuss the many mysteries, tragedies, adventures, and record-breaking achievements associated with the early history of Naval Aviation in Pensacola.

Leo Murphy, Ph.D. had a 30-year Naval aviation career which began with flying P-3 Orion’s from NAS Barbers Point and ended with his final assignment as Director of the Aviation Training School at NAS Pensacola, where he supervised the initial flight training of 2,000 military aviators a year. Currently, he is employed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a Professor of Aeronautical Science. In 2008 he was selected as the 23rd recipient of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award as the National Aerospace Teacher of the Year and he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is the author of four books on aviation history, including his most recent, the biography of a Tuskegee Airman, which was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal in formal recognition of its contributions to American history. He also authored and staged a play on the Battle of Midway and wrote and narrated a television documentary on the early history of Naval aviation.

Funding for this program is provided through a Community Project Grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the Ormond Beach Historical Society. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

January 6 @ 10:00 am -
January 6 @ 11:00 am


Presenter Information:
Leo Murphy, Ph.D., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
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Event Contact:

Randy Jaye
(407) 497-5755

Event Venue:

Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174 United States
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Venue Phone:
(407) 497-5755

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